CRISPY BAKED ONION RINGS RECIPE
How to make Crispy Baked Onion Rings
- Slice onions into 1/2-inch circles and separate into rings, keeping only large & medium whole rings (reserve the small onion rings for other uses). Keep aside.
- In a food processor, pulse panko breadcrumbs till you get fine crumbs. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, salt, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper & black pepper. Leave 1/3 of the breadcrumbs mixture in the bowl & keep aside the remaining 2/3.
- In a resealable plastic bag, add 3/4 cup of all purpose flour. Keep aside.
- In a separate large shallow bowl, combine buttermilk & 3 tbsp of flour till smooth. Keep aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper onto 2 baking sheets & set aside.
- Dip the onion rings (in batches) in the buttermilk mixture & then add them to the flour bowl/bag. Once all the onion rings are added, seal the bag & shake until rings are well coated with flour.
- Dip a flour-coated onion ring again into the buttermilk mixture. Let excess liquid drip off, then place the soaked onion into the breadcrumbs mixture.
- Using a fork, coat all the sides of the onion ring with the bread crumbs, turning and pressing the breadcrumbs gently to help the coating adhere (Once the breadcrumbs mixture gets very clumpy or stops coating the rings properly, replace it with a fresh batch of 1/3 of the reserved breadcrumbs mixture).
- Using the fork, place the coated onion ring on the baking sheet in a single layer (return the fork to the breadcrumbs bowl). You can place smaller rings inside bigger rings if necessary, just make sure there is space between them. Repeat the process for the remaining onion rings.
- Spray oil evenly over the rings. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown turning the rings halfway through. Serve immediately.
- Avoid using fingers especially while coating the onion rings with breadcrumbs, using a fork will help to retain the coating around the rings. Also, to prevent clumping of bread crumbs, do not use the breadcrumbs mixture fork for any other purposes other than stated.
- If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1 cup of milk (you can use 2% low-fat milk) & 1 tbsp white vinegar. Leave it for 10 minutes, then use it as buttermilk.